2009 Player Profile: Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson #28

  • Height: 6′ 1″ | Weight: 185
  • 2008 Stats: .280 – 22 HR – 66 RBI

If anyone doubted Curtis Granderson’s value atop the Tigers lineup, the first few weeks of 2008 likely convinced them. GrandersonHead.jpgWithout their leadoff hitter – Granderson suffered a broken finger at the end of Spring Training – the Tigers’ offense sputtered and, in case you’d forgotten, the team started the season 0-7.

When Granderson returned to the team, he started strong, hitting .375 in April before a May slump brought his average down. In June, though, he hit .364 followed by a .324 month of July.

One area in which the Tigers wanted to see improvement from their centerfielder was in the number of strikeouts, and since 2006, Granderson has made a dramatic turnaround, slashing his strikeouts from 174 in ’06 to 111 last season. What’s more, in 2008 he boosted his success against lefties by nearly 100 points from 2007’s dreary .160 average.

Entering his fifth major-league season, he continues to show power to all fields with a stroke that has few holes. The bottom line: As Granderson goes, so goes the Tigers’ lineup. Expect that trend to continue this season.

One thought on “2009 Player Profile: Curtis Granderson

  1. Grandy is the man if he can’t do it no one can. I went to the game at Comerica Park last year which was Granderson’s first game back in the lineup in 2008.He did extremely well, he hit a double and scored a couple of runs. The Tigers also did extremely well, the Tigers won 19-6 against the Ranger’s in Granderson’s first game back.I also got to see Jacque Jones hit his one and only homerun with the Tigers. I should have bought a Granderson jersey instead of a Rodriguez jersey, oh well at least I have a hall of fame jersey.


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